The Forest Man of India - A Story of Devotion (VIDEO)

The Forest Man of India - A Story of Devotion (VIDEO)

Jadav Payeng deserves his title. His long-lasting effort revived an entire forest.
October 24, 2014 by Globeprime
in Stories | India

Meet the man who resurrected an island with his bare hands, planting trees on every square inch he could find for more than three decades.

Jadav Payeng's incredible one-man mission was nearly unknown to all before a local amateur photographer and journalist from the nearby city of Jorhat found him and decided to publish his story. The photographer, whose passion for nature and photography brought him regularly on the island of Majuli, decided to approach Jadav and ask him what exactly he was doing there. Despite initial suspicion, Jadav finally revealed his story to the intrigued man. His unbelievable adventure spread far and wide across India, even reaching the likes of the former president, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

To put you in the picture, the island of Majuli is located in the middle of the Brahamputra river, which is flooding everything within its range every year during the monsoon season, resulting in devastating effects among which is the accelerating erosion of the island's land mass. Scientists have predicted that Majuli Island could disappear within two decades. Hopefully, the action of Jadav can save the island's flourishing nature.